One of things we learned during our relegation season four years ago is that once the confidence of payers goes – because of the continual poor results – it becomes very difficult to get your players playing anywhere near their best form.
Alan Pardew – must inspire the players
And it’s that confidence which can become the main issue until the team starts to string a number of wins together.
And after Newcastle were walloped in the last 20 minutes at the Emirates and conceded four goals and most of them were very sloppy – Alan Pardew has come out and said the confidence of his players has taken a hit.
We are now back in 15th place and just 3 points above 3rd bottom Southampton who drew 3-3 at Stoke City over the weekend, after being 3-1 up in the second half, and only a 90th minute equalizer from Cameron Jerome robbed them of a famous win.
And Reading picked up a good 1-0 win at home against a West Ham side who are starting to struggle, and Wigan won 3-0 at Aston Villa (the Villans have conceded 15 goals in their last 3 games and scored none), so three of the teams below us gained points on Newcastle over the weekend.
Alan talked about his players today:
“They were disappointed in the dressing room, of course.” “You don’t want a scoreline like that – confidence will be affected.” “We can’t get away from it, but there’s no point in hiding from it.” “I’ve told them to come out on Wednesday night, and be strong.”
“We will have to make sure we don’t put the ball at risk like we did at Arsenal, and make sure we win the game.” “It must be hard for Newcastle fans to look at that scoreline, but you really had to be there on the night.”
“The last 20 minutes was a team that hadn’t had a game this week, and another team that played on a sodden pitch in Manchester, and worked their hearts out.” “We have had to work really, really hard, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect what went on.”
Newcastle will have one more day’s rest than Everton who were narrowly beaten by a resurgent Chelsea side on Sunday – so surely tiredness cannot be used as another excuse?
Our lads need to go out there on Wednesday as through their lives depended on winning the game – and deliver those 3 points.
It seems so easy doesn’t it.
If we can get the win then things will look a little brighter in Newcastle’s garden on Thursday morning – that’s for sure.
What do you think?
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